All Nippon Airways opened a new route connecting Narita International Airport near Tokyo and Mexico City on Wednesday, becoming the first Japanese air carrier to launch regular flights directly linking Japan and Mexico.
ANA will offer one round-trip flight per day on the route, using Boeing Co.'s 787 jet with 169 passenger seats.
The airline aims to meet business demand. Some 1,000 Japanese companies, mostly involved in auto manufacturing, operate in Mexico.
ANA President Osamu Shinobe showed no concern about uncertainty over business in Mexico, which U.S. President Donald Trump blames for stealing jobs from the United States. Toyota Motor Corp.'s <7203> plan to construct an assembly plant in the Latin American country also came under Trump's attack.
On a day in early February that saw a dusting of snow, about 70 people from 11 countries visited Aizuwakamatsu in Fukushima Prefecture. The visitors - from countries including France, Spain and Italy - were participating in a tour organized by Tokyo-based travel agency Miki Tourist Co. (the-japan-news.com)
Universal Studios Japan on Wednesday unveiled the world's largest amusement area featuring the popular animated movie characters the Minions ahead of the area's official opening on Friday. (Japan Today)
Narita Airport and 11 other Japanese airports on Saturday started using portable personal identification devices to speed up immigration checks, at a time when the number of tourists from abroad is soaring. (the-japan-news.com)
A tourist train running on tracks of a now-defunct local railway operator in the town of Takachiho, Miyazaki Prefecture, southwestern Japan, is winning popularity for its panoramic views of nature. (Jiji)